Djokovic and Federer Set To Meet in Sixth Final of 2015

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Final Focus Remarkably, this will be the sixth time that the pair have met in a final this calendar year, and the seventeenth in all. Of their 2015 encounters, Djokovic has won three – including the Wimbledon final in July, although Federer won their last meeting at the Cincinnati Masters. In all they have met 41 times, with Djokovic claiming 21 victories and Federer 20. And that closeness in ability between the two highlights just why the US Open final – presuming the pair win their respective semi-finals – will be such a spectacle. For the Serb it would be the third Grand Slam triumph of another fantastic year, although – perhaps crucially – he hasn’t lifted the trophy at Flushing Meadows since 2011; a relative lifetime in the world of the nine-time major winner. In truth, you have to go back even further than that to find Federer’s last US Open title victory: the 2008 event, which he won with a straight sets triumph over Andy Murray. The Swiss star hasn’t won a Grand Slam event since Wimbledon in 2012, and with many observers questioning the 34-year-old’s ability to last the pace of a two-week major, perhaps Djokovic would enter the match as the favourite. The bookmakers certainly think so: you can back him from as short as 1.80 to lift the trophy. But if you fancy Federer, then you can back him to take his 18th Grand Slam title from 2.88. Either way, if these two collide in the final we are in for a great match. By: Craig Simpkin]]>